SC seeks EC's response over opposition plea on EVMs
The Supreme Court sought the Election Commission's (EC) response on a plea by the 21 opposition parties seeking the audit of at least 50% of EVMs with corresponding Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs).
 
Issuing the notice to the EC, the bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna directed the the election panel to depute an officer to assist the court on the next hearing of the matter on March 25. 
 
The plea was filed by the been filed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu (TDP), Sharad Pawar (NCP), Farooq Abdullah (NC), Sharad Yadav (LJD), Arvind Kejriwal (AAP), Akhilesh Yadav (SP), Derek O'Brien (TMC) and M.K. Stalin (DMK).
 
In the plea, they requested the court that 50% of results of electronic voting machines (EVMs) must be matched and cross-checked with VVPATs before the declaration of results in the general elections.
 
Earlier in February, the opposition parties approached the EC to audit at least 50% of EVMs with corresponding VVPATs in all constituencies during the Lok Sabha polls.
 
The parties have said there are "serious doubts about the credibility of EVMs and the purity of the entire electoral process" and asked the EC to mandate physical countercheck of paper trail and match it with the electronic vote in at least 50% of all EVMs, if not all.
 
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Mumbai bridge crash: 6 dead; BMC-Railways face heat
Six people have been reported dead and 32 injured in the past 12 hours since a portion of an overhead pedestrian bridge outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus came crashing down here.
 
Police registered cases against Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Indian Railway officials charging them with culpable homicide.
 
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced Rs 5 lakh ex gratia each to the kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured. He has also ordered a high level probe into the Thursday's incident.
 
Railways, senior police officials, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and BMC teams were overseeing operations on Friday. 
 
This was the third footbridge collapse in the city in the last 18 months -- occurred around 7.35 p.m. as the bridge was reportedly overloaded with commuters hurrying to their homes, the BMC Disaster Control said.
 
The victims identified so far include three women -- Apoorva Prabhu, 35, Ranjana Tambe, 40, and Bhakti Shinde, 40. The two men dead are Zahid Siraj Khan, 32 and Tapendra Singh, 35.
 
Connecting the CSMT's suburban platform No. 1 with the B.T. Lane near The Times of India Building and the Anjuman-e-Islam School, it was used by thousands of daily commuters rushing to catch the local trains on Central Railway and the Harbour Line.
 
Though debris have been cleared, traffic restriction on D.N. Road continues, a traffic official said. 
 
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I-T Dept calls upon citizens to help curb the use of black money via toll free number
With elections approaching, the Income Tax Department has stepped up vigil and intelligence to monitor movement of cash and valuables intended to influence voters, official sources said here on Thursday.
 
For starters, the department has set up a round-the-clock control room in Mumbai at its Investigation Directorate to keep tabs on illegal movements of huge quantities of cash/valuables and prevent their illegal use in the run-up to the elections.
 
Besides, the Director-General, Investigations, has geared up the intelligence machinery to track, detect and stop such physical movement of cash and other valuables in Mumbai.
 
It has also roped in citizens in this effort by a issuing a public appeal on Thursday and setting up helpline numbers - 1800221510/022-22820562 and 9372727823/24 (WhatsApp).
 
"In order to ensure free and fair elections and curb the use of black money in elections, vigilant citizens are requested to pass only any information regarding stocking, movement and distribution of black money, cash, gold, silver, etc, on the helpline numbers," the department appealed.
 
During election season, the country's commercial capital develops a dubious reputation with rumours of staggering amounts of cash and valuables surreptitiously ferried around to influence voters.
 
IT sources say besides the traditional modes of big and small vehicles, even the suburban and long-distance trains are known to have been used to move around cash/valuables, besides through shady couriers or 'angadias' both within and outside the city, many a times avoiding detection.
 
Attempting to remain a step ahead in the cat-and-mouse game, scamsters in the past have resorted to some very innovative methods to transport cash/valuables undetected over long distances to the intended beneficiaries, the sources said.
 
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